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    St. Louis, MO
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    Leathercraft, vintage bicycles and my family.

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    To improve my skills and respect the craft
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  1. Thoughts on Cricut Maker

    Try googling it. I just found these hits including videos on youtube.
  2. Crimson hides pricking iron

    I think the point is that stitching irons can serve as pricking irons while pricking irons, due to the tapered teeth can function as a stitching iron or chisel mainly on very thin leather. On thicker leather the tapered teeth create a hole that is too big. For beginners or those that cannot afford pricy irons, stitching chisels are very handy.
  3. First card wallets

    There is some nice work there. I especially like the creases on the pockets. I always use them. One thing you might try is putting a round hole at the corners where the stitching "hinges" around the corner. Even though the corners are rounded, you basically have a 90 degree angle. You can view this technique on Nigel Armitage's youtube video on saddle stitching. Agree with YinTX on Starting/stopping in less noticeable areas. Glad Your health is better! Welcome back.
  4. SunLynx, I'm sure your .pdf will help a lot of folks. There are lots of ways to do things. This way works for you and is what is important. I do wonder if relying solely on glue will work. I tried it on a bracelet once and got separation over time. I now stitch everything that is layered after gluing or using double-stick tape.
  5. Help Applying Saddle Stitching to Tool Bag Design

    You are right in that the folded tops of the pouches make things more difficult or at least slower. I'd be tempted to create holes in what is the outer aspect of the rolled edge and the glue it or tape it down with double-sided tape and then use an awl to go through the existing holes and through the second, unpunched layer. Seems to me a reasonable way to approach it. Once you get things sorted out you will likely amaze yourself with how fast you can stitch.
  6. Edge Creasing Iron

    No, I just saw it when looking at the Slam thread. Don't know what's up with Slam thread, Lekoza used to stock it and it was getting good reviews.
  7. Handrail wrapped with Leather

    https://www.houzz.com/photos/25749605/Culmax-Handrail-modern-london link to a pic showing a seam. Just another option.
  8. Edge Creasing Iron

    Perhaps you were thinking of Lekoza? This is a "bare bones" alternative, but might suffice for what you want it to do. http://lekoza.com/Tools/ElectricEdgeMolder
  9. Help Applying Saddle Stitching to Tool Bag Design

    You are correct but I think the OP is using stitching chisels which are diamond shaped but not tapered and are designed to punch all the way through. The newer irons are making decent looking stitching attainable more quickly than pure awl work. I do both, but when I can get by with a chisel, I do. YMMV.
  10. Help Applying Saddle Stitching to Tool Bag Design

    I think your work looks great. A couple points to consider. First, I like that you are using red Loctite on the brass fasteners, but personally, I think you are overdoing them. I mean I think some are unnecessary, such as the ones on the pencil pouches. Stitching alone is incredibly strong if done correctly. 1.0mm Tiger thread is very strong. You might try smaller needles. Maybe a John James #2. The ones you are using are bound to get hung up and hard to press through. I see no problem with using the Seiwa chisels and you can do each layer individually so long as you take pains to ensure the holes line up. Nigel Armitage has videos where he discusses the process. But even if you are using the chisels, you could use an awl to expand the holes just prior to stitching. Don't use a sharp awl as you don't want to cut the holes bigger, just stretch them temporarily. I've seen tool pouches made of leather and canvas and leather and nylon, but yours are something that will really become special to the owner. Good work!
  11. Random Flat Stitches in Saddle Stitch

    Are you stitching towards yourself? Are the holes slanting towards you or away from you? YinTx is correct that you are aiming for the diagram "B". In some instances you want to make the cross with the 2nd needle in front of the 1st. So don't assume it always goes behind. I suggest you practice on some scrap until you get it sorted out. Good luck!
  12. Random Flat Stitches in Saddle Stitch

    Yes, it is probably needle priority. And I agree with YinTx on the slant kind of going against the grain so to speak. Suggest you carefully study Nigel Armitage and Ian Atkinson's videos on the saddle stitch. It matters how you take the first needle by the opposite hand. Do you take the needle in front of or behind the other needle? This alone can have a huge impact. Are you inserting the second needle in the same orientation to the first thread and the hole every time? You must become almost robotic in your actions. I find the routine motions very relaxing. I just kind of get into a rhythm, the speed increases and it ends up very consistent. Good luck!
  13. Top Loading Duffle Bag Blues

    Ohio travel bag and The Buckle Guy are worth checking if you haven't. I found these, but they might be too small for you.
  14. Newbie from the Twin Cities

    Welcome! Tandy is a great way to start. They have relatively inexpensive tools and frequently offer free classes on leatherwork.
  15. Edge crease durability

    Years, if not forever so long as you crease deeply and generate heat. Heat from friction or a heated creasing iron. The depression will darken also, which adds to the longevity of the crease.